We have be on the road for 7 Months, and most of all of our experiences have been positive, but as the world turns, we were bound to hit a rough spot at some point. Well, we finally hit one in Crescent City. When I was picking sites to stay, I would look at locations, check out reviews and cost as we have a budget to follow. I picked Bayview RV in Crescent City since it was within the budget and was better rated than two other nearby parks. I reviewed the comments and nothing really concerning came up. When we arrived, paid our fee’s and drove to our site, my so called “spidy” sense sense came alive, looked like a fair number of long term residents living in trailers and older motorhomes that have not moved in years, there were multiple ways into the part from nearby streets that connected to the harbor. But hey were were only going to be here three nights, so I let it go. I left the bikes cabled to the Jeep, we set up, went and had a nice dinner nearby and settled in for the night. We woke the next morning to find the mountain bikes taken from the back of the jeep during the dead of night. In talking to the police and nearby campers who have been here, we found out that the park has a problem with theft, lowlifes continue to come through and steal stuff. They have issues with homeless folks living around town and at the beach, the logging and fishing industry is all but dead in the area. There is no controlled access, limited lighting, a thief’s dream location to take from people who do not stick around. I got to complacent, my senses told me that this was not a good place, I should have found another. I also did not have a locking scheme to handle a high theft area with a 15 pound chain lock that cannot be cut with bolt cutters. A $1200 lesson that I will not repeat.
After that first night it was hard to get into the flow of enjoying the sights, at night I turned on all the outside lights, did not care if a neighbor might be bothered by it, I wanted to send the signal that we would not have anyone sneaking around in the dark around our home. We did a few drives but were ready to move on.
We are now leaving California behind and moving into Oregon, next stop is Humbug State Park near Port Orford, OR.